Meriden offers a wide variety of sport opportunities for girls. Inter-school sporting competitions and training sessions are regarded as an important part of a girl’s physical and social development. Meriden fosters the love and enjoyment of an active lifestyle by encouraging students to participate in both competitive and non-competitive sports. A fitness program is also available for girls who would like additional physical activity.
The School has an outstanding record of sporting achievement and students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports, with some students participating at state, national and international level. Meriden’s proximity to Homebush Olympic Park makes it an ideal school for girls who compete at an elite level. To cater for the specific needs of elite sports students, Meriden offers a special program called the Olympus Program.
Meriden’s team of coaches are professionals who have achieved at the top of their chosen sport. Many have competed on the international circuit and some have represented Australia at the Olympic Games. Meriden’s sports coaches are dedicated to teaching and inspiring their students to achieve beyond their expectations to become the best they can be.
The Junior School's cocurricular Sport program promotes fitness and teamwork in a fun environment. All students have the opportunity to participate in several sports during their time in the Junior School and the wide range of sporting activities means that each girl can discover a sport that she enjoys. Those students with a high level of sporting ability are offered a pathway to compete at higher levels through IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads Association), Combined Independent Schools (CIS), and NSW State representation at School Sport Australia.
Inter-school sport is not compulsory in the Junior School; however, participation is encouraged and there is always strong voluntary participation and enthusiasm from our students. Any girl from Years 3 to 6 can be involved in Saturday sport. Meriden participates in the IPSHA Saturday morning competition, which enables the girls to compete with other girls’ schools at venues in Sydney. In addition to the games held on Saturdays, team members are required to attend one training session per week.
The sports that are played throughout the year include::
- Football (Soccer)
- Running Club
- Touch Football
- Water Polo (Flippa Ball)
A Sports Club is offered to girls in Years 1 and 2 who wish to be involved. It is held on a weekday afternoon and enables the students to experience the sports that are available for them to play when they reach Year 3.
Physio Play, a fundamental movement skills program is open to girls In Kindergarten to Year 2. Physio Play sessions are run on Thursday afternoons throughout the year by specialist sports and paediatric physiotherapists.
Students may also participate in the following extracurricular activities:
- Group or private Tennis lessons through Meriden Tennis Academy
- Artistic Gymnastics through the Australian Academy of Gymnastics
- Dance through Elevate Performing Arts
Senior School students have the opportunity to participate and compete in the following sports:
- Cross Country
- Football (Soccer)
- Touch Football
- Water Polo
Meriden participates in inter-school sports competitions which usually involve training twice per week and a match on Saturday during the term of the sport. Pre-season sport training is also offered for many sports. Students in Years 7 - 9 are required to undertake at least two terms of sport per year. In Years 10 - 12, the majority of students choose to participate in one or more sports each year. The high level of participation in sport at Meriden creates an enthusiastic and energetic environment in which good sportsmanship prevails.
Individual coaching is offered in Diving and Swimming through the Meriden Swim School and Tennis through the Meriden Tennis Academy.
Meriden has nurtured some extraordinary talent in tennis, with players competing in national and international tournaments including the Junior Australian Open. One player has competed in four Junior Grand Slams during her time at Meriden. During the past five years, eight Meriden students have competed at the Grand Slam level.
The Meriden tennis team has won the prestigious Tildesley Shield Tennis tournament for a record twelve consecutive years, the Australian National Schools Tennis Challenge seven times since 2010 and has been selected to represent Australia at the biennial World Schools Tennis Challenge on four occasions. Meriden was named World Schools Tennis Champion at the 2015 Challenge held in Qatar.
Meriden’s Water Polo players achieve outstanding success at both team and individual levels. Over the past decade, the Senior Firsts have been grand finalists in the highly competitive IGSSA Water Polo S01 division on numerous occasions and have been crowned champions five times in recent years.
Many of the players are selected to represent New South Wales and Australia in competitions. Within the past few years, Meriden has generated more than thirty-five state representatives and fourteen Australian representatives.
Meriden’s Water Polo program develops students from Year 5 through to Year 12 across all levels. Students receive high quality professional coaching from experienced coaches who include current and former Australian and international representatives, as well as Olympians.
Meriden’s Athletics program has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of triple-Olympian Ms Nicole Boegman-Stewart. The program develops students’ athletic potential across all disciplines with year-round training and competition and access to specialist coaches. Meriden's athletes compete at the annual IGSA and NSWCIS Athletics Championships as well as NSW All Schools, NSW Schools Relays, NSW Schools Nitro Challenge, Little Athletics and Athletics NSW competitions.
This year, Meriden's twelve representatives in the NSW State Athletics Championships secured nine medals. Six althletes represented the School in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships and brought home five medals.
Badminton is Meriden’s fastest-growing sport and our athletes perform at the top of their school-based invitational competitions, with a number of girls playing at national and international levels. The School’s Sports Centre hosts Badminton training and competitions and, additionally, girls use Badminton facilities in close proximity to Meriden.
Our Badminton coaches are themselves professional players with competitive world rankings and they provide invaluable knowledge to all Meriden players of every level of ability, so every girl can reach her on-court potential.
Badminton is much-loved by Meriden girls for its high level of technical skill, healthy competition and camaraderie between players.